Disney accepted Samantha into the college program and assigned her to work in some of the least desirable places in the parks: the Studio Backlot Tour, Frozen Funland, and a FastPass kiosk in Tomorrowland. But she had other ideas...
Typical days for Samantha included loading guests into a tram bound for Catastrophe Canyon in Hollywood Studios, making sure the youngest guests didn't eat the snow at Frozen Funland, and dealing with irate guests unable to get last-minute FastPasses for the most popular rides in Magic Kingdom (back when paper FastPasses were a thing).
Where's the pixie dust in that?
So, Samantha made her own pixie dust, in the form of magical moments for guests. Lots and lots of magical moments, even if it meant breaking Disney rules (and fortunately not getting caught!).
In her secret cast member diary, Samantha tells the delightful tale of how she got her pixie dust together and turned a punch-clock job at Walt Disney World into magic.
If you've ever wondered what it would be like not just to visit a Disney theme park but to work in one, the "Earning Your Ears" series is your E-ticket!
Chapter 1: Before Disney
Chapter 2: Arrival
Chapter 3: Wishes and a Hidden Mickey
Chapter 4: Traditions
Chapter 5: Transtar
Chapter 6: Hollywood Studios
Chapter 7: Backlands Attractions
Chapter 8: Earning my Ears
Chapter 9: Language Pin
Chapter 10: Mine Train
Chapter 11: Alpha Unit
Chapter 12: Frozen Funland
Chapter 13: Transfer
Chapter 14: Magic Kingdom
Chapter 15: Tomorrowland
Chapter 16: Pumpkin
Chapter 17: Magical Moments
Chapter 18: Space is Down
Chapter 19: My Last Party
Chapter 20: Candlelight Processional
Chapter 21: Happy Holidays
Chapter 22: New Years in Magic Kingdom
Chapter 23: A Kiss at Midnight
Chapter 24: Parlez-vous Français?
Chapter 25: Extension
Chapter 26: Animal Kingdom
Chapter 27: And Then There Were Four
Chapter 28: Bronchitis at Disney
Chapter 29: We Don’t Say Goodbye at Disney
Chapter 30: Thanks for Making the Magic
Epilogue: Back to Reality
Appendix A: Disney Speak
Appendix B: So You Want to Work for Disney
Samantha Drucker grew up in south Florida and became an avid Disney World enthusiast from a young age. Her love of all things Disney inspired her to write a book about her year as a cast member.
She currently still lives in south Florida as she continues her college education, speaks at local schools about her writing, and continues to write more books.
You can follow her upcoming books, speaking schedule, and upcoming Disney trips on her Instagram page: sdrucker405.
This is her second book, with many more on the way.